PAUL SIMON POLL RESULTS THREAD AND DISCUSSION

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#19 I AM A ROCK
1965 (simon solo)/1966 (simon & garfunkel)
257 points/13 votes/0 #1 votes

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:41 (2 years ago) Permalink


#18 YOU CAN CALL ME AL
1986
260 points/11 votes/3 #1 votes

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

#20 THE SOUND OF SILENCE

woo! and we're back. fickin' love this song. sounds like a museum. (my highest vote yet to place: in @ #8)

also voted for "i am a rock", but seriously regret it in light of "peace like a river"

kind of hate "you can call me al", despite the angels in the architecture, angels, hallelujah!

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

must specify here that i voted "i am a rock" solo version

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:47 (2 years ago) Permalink


#17 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
1970
265 points/10 votes/1 #1 vote

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have a love hate relationship with You Can Call Me AL

<3 Bridge over Troubled Water though and goddamn I wish it was higher

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

whatever "you can call me al" is gr8 also look at lil paul simon in the video he cracks me up. i didn't vote for it btw :(

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

it just feels like a novelty song, even with Simon's lyrics

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:53 (2 years ago) Permalink


#16 MRS. ROBINSON
1967 (graduate soundtrack version)/1968 (album and single release)
284 points/12 votes/0 #1 votes

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:54 (2 years ago) Permalink


#15 LATE IN THE EVENING
1980
353 points/16 votes/1 #1 vote

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

"late in the evening" is a good song. not better than "peace like a river."

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

btw on the solo version of "i am a rock" simon sings it all raw and intense and kind of sounds like a serial killer.

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh, man, "mrs robinson". if i'm being brutally honest with myself, one of my favorite songs of all time, bar none. i freeze up and tune in every time i hear it, no matter where i am, no matter what i'm doing. even if it's the lemonheads cover. have loved that song desperately my whole life long, and i've never grown in the least bit tired of it. had it at #6, and i'm not sure i could bring myself to change that, which only shows how weirdly important S&G and paul are to me.

love "late in the evening", too, but nowhere near as much. cut "bridge over troubled water" at the last moment am at peace with that decision.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm sad that Late In The Evening is not even top 10, which makes me reallllly curious as to what's in store.

These results are really interesting!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:02 (2 years ago) Permalink


#14 HEARTS AND BONES
1983
363 points/13 votes/3 #1 votes

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

fwiw hearts and bones had the highest average vote placement of any song with 2+ votes and for a long time had the most #1 votes of any track.

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

also fwiw 'i am a rock' was really high on my own ballot, i think its one of the best s&g tracks and the guitar playing is just incredibly satisfying. the song has a lot of momentum and feeling to it, its the sort of song that you find yourself singing along to with unexpected confidence and passion, and the chorus is simple but just deeply effective.

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

a moment in "hearts and bones" that i love is "his hands rolling down her hair"

xp yeah "i am a rock" is great; its placement on my own ballot is sort of arbitrary but i love it. my sister was listening to it the other day and pointedly asked me if i identified it. offense taken.

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

identified with it. paul simon evidently renders me unable to type.

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:09 (2 years ago) Permalink


#13 KODACHROME
1972/1973 (single)
373 points/17 votes/1 #1 vote

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:10 (2 years ago) Permalink


#12 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER
1975
386 points/15 votes/0 #1 votes

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

"50 ways to leave your lover" is so fun. guys, it's really not better than "peace like a river."

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

hop on the bus, gus
you don't need to discuss muuuuuuuuch

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha not sure what happened there? anyway one of the only songs where i feel like it really is too low. im not even that huge a fan of '50 ways' but it just feels like such an important ~paul simon song~ that im kinda bummed it missed the top ten

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

i said "i appreciate that" and could you please explaaaaaain
about the 50 ways...

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh holy shit, guys, "kodachrome" (my #1!) and "50 ways to leave your lover" both waaaaaay too low. what church will you not burn?

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:15 (2 years ago) Permalink


#11 MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION
1972
388 points/15 votes/0 #1 votes

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

on the first three solo albums i didn't vote for any of the big singles so i could have room for beloved album tracks. this is a big lie, especially in the case of "me and julio" but look this poll was way too hard and i needed to take desperate measures.

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

a couple years ago a good friend lost her (wonderful) mother and when i got in the car to go to her funeral, this song popped on. that day never really had a chance anyway but i was a mess.

horseshoe, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

"me and julio" was my #2, and i really had to struggle between that and "kodachrome". could not deny those two. saved space for "mother and child reunion" at the end, but it's one of the choices i half want to 2nd guess in retrospect.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

loving the photo selections, btw, lamp

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha despite the fact that only voted for 2 of these 10 songs i think theyre a pretty unfuckable with collection of total jamz, like every one of them has something remarkable about them, they are a testament

Lamp, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

i didnt vote cos I dont know enough solo paul simon...

I always assumed "Punky's Dilemma" was beloved on ILM.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess my two SBoSW jams won't make it.

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 06:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha despite the fact that only voted for 2 of these 10 songs i think theyre a pretty unfuckable with collection of total jamz, like every one of them has something remarkable about them, they are a testament

and

one of the only songs where i feel like it really is too low

go for me too. All permutations I could come up with for these results had 50 Ways top three.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 07:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not enough said about "I Know What I Know", so I'll say two things:

1. it's my favorite song on Graceland because it sounds like a real collaboration; it doesn't feel like he's either Paul Simon-ing all over a good backing track or trying and failing to sing in another idiom. "Mother and Child Reunion" is like that for me too -- his song fits with a way huge backing track that comes outside of Simon's cultural word, and something cool comes out of it.

2. Good Lord the video editing on that live Graceland video is SLOPPY. Watch for the bass player, Bakithi Kumalo: he's playing a fretless Washburn -- no wait, a fretted Fender -- no, the Washburn -- all inside a matter of seconds.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know "Mrs. Robinson" belongs to that category of oppressively overplayed radio songs, but the Joe Dimaggio verse will never not amaze me. I think you have to place it in the context of its moment, and in the context of the rest of the song--the way it comes out of nowhere--to appreciate fully what I don't hesitate to call a flash of genius. "Mother and Child Reunion" is one of many songs from my favourite year, 1972--"Let's Stay Together," "Hello It's Me," "You Wear It Well," etc.--where nostalgia cuts very deep for me. Loved it on the radio then (I was 11), still do. (Unlike "Kodachrome," which I loved then and am indifferent to now.) Pretty sure I did not know what reggae music was in 1972.

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kinda stunned BOTW is no higher than #17. Was my all too predictable #1 (I've been under its spell of late).

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Al" was my #1. It's a fab ringtone---those horns! But yeah, the last verse, I live that feeling. The poll with it & "Once in a Lifetime" is one of my fav ILM things.

Euler, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

BOTW was my senior class song. It's rubbed me wrong ever since.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Similar thing here. It was the only pop song my school choir was allowed to sing.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

xxxxp

Mother and Child Reunion, Let's Stay Together, Hello It's Me and You Wear It Well are all among my favorites too. cheers!

gospodin simmel, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Al" was my #1 obv

"50 Ways" is the only big canonical Simon hit that i straight up don't get at all, i always want it to be better than it is

some dude, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

it just feels like a novelty song, even with Simon's lyrics

"You Can Call Me Al" is kind of a brainier "Hot Hot Hot" (not in a bad way!).

Also, Simon mentioned in an interview (Songwriters on Songwriting) that "Mother and Child Reunion" as a title comes from a menu item featuring chicken and scrambled eggs.

Also, I completely forgot about "Mrs. Robinson"!

"Flashy...hip" (Eazy), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Chevy Chase should've done a "serious" Paul Simon video at some point, maybe as a Graham Greene-type guy in "The Cool, Cool River."

"Flashy...hip" (Eazy), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

"50 Ways" was my #5, at least half because of Steve Gadd. Love that shuffle so much.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah steve gadd absolutely kills that track

max, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

i posted this on the other thread so i assume everyone who cares has heard it but i love this edit that removes the goofy chorus and adds a nice bass line

http://soundcloud.com/aordisco/50-ways-to-leave-your-lover-pollyns-re-edit-remix-paul-simon

max, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha, that's interesting - but I for one welcome the goofy chorus. It's fun!

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lose the chorus and you lose the way he hits "discuuuuuss muuuch," which would make me sad.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:47 (2 years ago) Permalink


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